It’s time to start prepping those grocery lists for a good ol’ fashioned Thanksgiving dinner. If you’re in the market to try something new or want to expand your already fantastic meal, check out these sure to please main course recipes from our Mom Squad Ambassador, Brigette.
5 Crowd Pleasing Main Course Recipes for Thanksgiving
OMG can you believe it is already November and Thanksgiving is a few weeks away?! Where has the time gone? Seriously! And you know what Thanksgiving means.. Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, no school, family and FOOD! If your family is like the millions of other families in the US, then you may need an arsenal of recipes up your sleeve to not only feed the masses but also satisfy the family’s cravings. Plus awesome leftovers are like mana from heaven for us busy moms and dads! I know I don’t want to cook the day after Thanksgiving ;)!
There are so many dishes that can be served for your family’s Thanksgiving dinner. Whether you are a red meat kinda family, kosher or vegan, there is plenty of options for you and your family.
So to kind of get the Thanksgiving meal wheel kind of rolling, I wanted to share with you 5 easy, delicious and oh so crowd pleasing recipes for your main course.
Good old fashioned turkey!
We totally love turkey in our home for Thanksgiving! One simple recipe that I follow for our turkey has kind of been a combination of my grandmother’s tradition and Rachael Ray lol. First, I coat the bird with Extra Virgin Olive Oil making sure that it is completely coated. Second I season with my family favorites.. salt, pepper, garlic, thyme, tarragon and a little paprika.
Once it is fully coated I place it in a Turkey roasting bag which you can get at any mass retailer. ** (Tip the bag gives the outside that crispy skin but juicy inside)** On the back of the box of roasting bags there is a cooking time chart, just follow that and you will have the perfect bird!
Classic Pot Roast
We love the occasional pot roast in our family. Especially if they are on sale! You can make it into so many things, another perfect reason to have roast as a main course! Like most of these recipes you can let them cook all day or all night. For our roast, I season and brown all the sides on the stove in a little oil. Once it is nice and browned, I place it in our slow cooker, add between a cup and a cup and a half of water and let that baby go! It fills the house with warmth and deliciousness!
Chef Michael Symon’s Pan roasted chicken
I’m not sure if you have ever seen the Chew or any of his other cooking shows… but Chef Michael Symon is KNOWN for being a meat connoisseur. When I learned how to make his Pan roasted chicken, I seriously made it EVERYDAY for a week! I could not cannot get over how great and easy it is! If my kids didn’t tell me they were tired of chicken, I would have still made it. Not only is this recipe a crowd pleaser but it will make your Thanksgiving table look so beautiful! How can chicken make my table beautiful you ask? Slice it horizontally and thank me later lol! Check out the Chefs recipe here! http://abc.go.com/shows/the-chew/recipes/pan-roasted-chicken-michael-symon
Mustard and Brown sugar ham
So I never was a ham person and my husband wasn’t either, he would only eat it on occasion (Thanksgiving lol) but our whole marriage he would talk about his grandmother’s ham! He would go on and on about this brown sugar and mustard ham and I have never tasted it! Finally after 10 years I was able to taste this brown sugar and mustard concoction and it was divine! Even though we still do not eat pork in my family, I can honestly say that this mixture is perfect for not only ham but chicken and turkey as well. It is definitely the easiest mixture I have ever made as too. Simply start with a little brown sugar and add mustard until it turns into a smooth barbeque like consistency. As you add the mustard to the brown sugar, taste to make sure that there is a balance between the mustard and brown sugar. Once balanced you will get a sweet golden brown paste. Simply coat your ham and cook as you normally would!
So as I’m writing this piece it hit me, not everyone eats meat! Veggies and Vegans observe Thanksgiving too! So I felt it was only right to include an option for our veggie and vegan readers! Now I will be honest, my family tries to eat as healthy as possible but we do have our short comings (we could up the veggie intake). So as I was going through my recipe rolodex in my brain, I could not come up with very many recipes except one. Pasta! Who doesn’t love pasta? There are many vegan and veggie options when it comes to pasta noodles and sauce. Simply pick your noodles and sauce and add in some fresh onions, peppers and spinach! Or if you have the time, grab a spaghetti squash instead!
There are so many options when it comes to food and who said that you have to have one or the other for Thanksgiving? At the end of the day, all that matters is that you are with the ones you love with good food and great memories!
Brigette blogs at bybrigettedanielle.com